Best. Practical. Joke. Ever.

We’re all used to seeing the fun, corny chemistry jokes like, “Potassium and Oxygen went on a date. They had an OK time.” While these little jokes are great little puns, they usually don’t leave us in stitches.

While perusing the interwebs today, I came across one of the funniest practical jokes I’ve ever seen. Funnily enough, that joke was made possibly by chemistry.

The gist of the story is two brothers convinced their sister, who was recovering from having her wisdom teeth removed, that there was a ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE happening in their hometown. Take a look at the video below. I think you’ll love it!

On a more serious note, anesthesia is an incredible thing! We can chemically confuse our neural receptors so that they can’t transmit feelings of pain to one another. It’s fascinating! Listen to the RadioLab podcast to learn about the history of anesthesia and how one man’s radical idea changed medical practices forever.


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